Exceptional Classical Ballet training since 1956
Announcing Artistic Director, Gretchen Patchell!
Originally from Pennsylvania, Gretchen began dancing at the age of seven, receiving her early training at the esteemed Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with a strong focus on classical ballet and pointe. At the age of fourteen, she joined The School of American Ballet in New York City on full scholarship. There, she attended classes year-round and had the privilege of working and dancing with George Balachine. Gretchen danced professionally with the New York City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and the former Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (now the Texas Ballet Theater) performing and touring in the United States and across Europe for over 12 years, dancing in over 50 shows a year. For over 20 years, Gretchen has taught various ages of students the art of classical ballet and pure technique from youth beginner through the professional level. Her teaching career brought her across the United States having taught in California, Texas, New York, and Connecticut. Ms Patchell begins the 2017-2018 season as the Artistic Director of Lake Erie Ballet & Lake Erie Academy of Dance in Erie, PA.
The Lake Erie Ballet Academy of Dance
Offering classes to students ages two and a half and older – providing a consistent curriculum in classical ballet. The Lake Erie Ballet’s classes are conducted with the National Dance Education Organization standards, while maintaining a focus on classical ballet. Throughout the program, students are provided with consistent programming in classical ballet coupled with the alternative disciplines of Jazz, Contemporary and Tap techniques with the best professionals in the field. Each year the Lake Erie Ballet affords it’s student body and companies the opportunity to work and study with artists currently producing work in the field of dance.